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Ms. Ford

Tracy Ford

Executive Director of Member Services, Wireless Infrastructure Association

Tracy Ford is Executive Director of Member Services at the Wireless Infrastructure Association and guides HetNet Forum initiatives for the association. The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the businesses that develop, build, own and operate the nation's wireless infrastructure. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts — on the local, state and federal level — WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to enable wireless broadband everywhere.

The HetNet Forum is a membership group of WIA dedicated to the advancement of the heterogeneous network. The HetNet is a wireless ecosystem composed of a variety of mobile and wireless technologies and infrastructure, interoperable with the macrocellular network providing harmonious voice and data communications. Ms. Ford also leads WIA's Innovation & Technology Council, which produces thought-leadership items on topics including 5G, CBRS and in-building wireless solutions.  

Ms. Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award for both trade show and government coverage. She joined WIA in 2011. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ms. Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.

Please visit http://www.wia.org for more information.

Ms. Ford can be contacted at +1 703-535-7459 or tracy.ford@wia.org

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.